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Ron Chironna - Hobgoblins for MECCG

Hobgoblin was a name "for the larger kinds"[1] of Orcs found in Middle-earth in the Third Age. In the quest for Erebor, Gandalf warns Bilbo Baggins that the Grey Mountains are "simply stiff with goblins, hobgoblins, and orcs of the worst description".[2]

Other versions of the legendarium[edit]

The term appears only once in The Hobbit. It has been speculated that "the term perhaps, but doubtfully, refers to the large soldier-orcs known as Uruks"[3], possibly since Tolkien had not created the latter name by the time of his writing of The Hobbit.

In a 1971 letter to Roger Lancelyn Green, Tolkien commented that "the statement that hobgoblins were 'a larger kind' is the reverse of the original truth."[4]

Portrayals in Adaptations[edit]

1996, 1997: Middle-earth Collectible Card Game:

The card "Hobgoblins" was released in two editions: one for the expansion set Middle-earth: The Dragons (card art by Ron Chironna) and one for Middle-earth: The Lidless Eye (card art by Heather Hudson).

2018: The Lord of the Rings Online:

Hobgoblins are a breed of large, tusked Orc-kind found in the Grey Mountains. They are not servants of Sauron and instead belong to the Frost-horde, followers of the dragon Hrímil Frost-heart. Hrímil was imprisoned in the dungeons of Barad-dûr for refusing to give up one of Seven Rings that she had swallowed. For this, the Frost-horde and all hobgoblins detest Sauron and his followers, only allying with them briefly as part of deception to further their own plans.

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